Living and being intentional is a big part of what I help people with. A tool I share to shift awareness and transform things.
You learn through your bodies sensations and listening deep within to your inner self.
It’s a process and a practice. Just like many things in life.
It’s the new year, so instead of the super masculine practice of making resolutions, how about setting a theme based intention for yourself for the year?
Somehow, for me, its a softer and gentler way of creating what I want in my life.
There seems to be less pushing and more receptivity.
I’m a woman, I create. (Taking action is part of this creating.)
If you identify as feminine in nature, you do too!
Let’s get started!
Setting an intention is the first step to creating, manifesting , something in your life.
If you’re like me, you know that we’re on this planet for a short time, so creating an intentional life seems important.
So, what exactly is intention? Intention is when you become clear about what you want to create in your life experience and how you want to show up in every moment.
It’s planting the seeds of consciousness so you can take action to flourish.
The thing is - listen up - you have to consciously marry your intentions with actions (large or small) if you want to create that experience in your life.
For me, small steps are the most profound and lasting. Little steps create a huge leaps without you even realizing it.
With that in mind, here are 5 Steps to creating an intentional life.
1 Be sure your soul desires are in alignment with the core values of your true self.
- How do you wan to feel? Intentions set out of fear and dissatisfaction/unhappiness, societal standards, or running away from something are generally not in alignment with YOU - but from an outside source.
- Take action: Do some journaling - don’t hold back! Brain dump. Mind numb. Make your hand sore kind of journaling.
2 Now, figure out what what shifts and desires are coming from inside YOU.
- Take action: Go back and see your patterns. Choose things that light up your heart and soul and you’ll be more apt to accomplish them. Go for 2 or 3 core desires. (yep, I’m a Danielle Laporte fan :) )
3 Find your why!!!! Yeah baby, this is it…. a simplistic version of my soul crush Simon Sinek’s book of the same name.
- Take action: Take those 2 or 3 core desires and ask questions to dive into the core of “why”
For example: if one of your themes is around getting into good physical shape is it coming from outside reasons - are you doing it be seen and get more attention? Or are you doing it for inner reasons - because you know you feel stronger and sexier and healthier when you lose those extra pounds?
- Then ask which one of these feels better to you at a soul level? Make that decision. Whatever it is, it’s your personal soul choice. You know when you’re being honest with yourself. Whatever it is, it’s OKAY. I’m not judging you. We all live differently, right?
4 Set your intention
- Small action - write out your intention/theme with your why. The why serves as your guiding light as you keep moving forward towards your desire.
Studies also show that when you write something down, your brain responds better and you’re more apt to bring it into fruition.
5 How are you going to accomplish this?
- Action #1 - brain dump again. In keeping with our previous example of getting into good physical shape - Are you going to go to the gym more? Hire a nutrition coach? Go to meetups for support? Ask your friends to support your new lifestyle? Follow a super amazing amazing person on social media that vibes with you? Take some classes for yourself? Etc.
- Action #2 - set up a plan that you will follow and that makes you happy. If you’re happy with the plan, you will be accountable to it and it will seem easy.
For me, monthly goals are best. I can easily see my progress and celebrate when I accomplish something. Celebration is important!
Then, look at this intention every day. Get used to it. Say it out loud and do a little something towards manifesting it everyday. Some days, may be easier than others. It’s a practice.
Lastly, enjoy the process!
Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.